Going on a vacation sounds like a dream, but it’s a lot of work. That’s why you should ditch the schedule Tetris and head out on a solo trip instead. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want, without having to please anyone. The hardest part: figuring out where to go. That, we can help you with.
Just 30 miles south of Cape Cod, is the island of Nantucket, which you can access by ferry or airplane (there’s no bridge!). Since the island is pretty isolated with only a population of 11,000 — that number surges to about 50,000 during the summer — it’s the perfect destination for a solo getaway.
To really immerse yourself in small island charm and elegance, book a few nights at The White Elephant Hotel where you can stay in a garden cottage on the waterfront with a view of the harbor. then sip cocktails on the Harborside Lawn, and enjoy a sunset meal at the hotel’s Brant Point Grill where you can dine on seafood and steak.
Warning: Once you step onto the beach, you might never leave! Stay at The Shore Club Turks and Caicos, a resort on one of the most sought-after and secluded beaches in Providenciales, Long Bay Beach. With four pools, a luxurious spa, stunning ocean views, complimentary bikes, and water sports equipment, plus three restaurants, you’ll have your very own slice of paradise.
If you somehow get tired of the beach life, venture into downtown Grace Bay or explore the caves, sink holes, and blue holes the islands are known for
Between close-to-downtown accommodations, easy sightseeing, and nightlife that welcomes single travelers, this city is the perfect destination for woman in need of a spontaneous trip.
Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board on Lake Austin from the Texas Rowing Center, take in the views at the top of Mount Bonnell Park, or enjoy a swim Barton Springs Pool (a three-acre pool fed from an underground spring that has a year-round temperature of about 68 degrees). When you’re done exploring, treat yourself to the bohemia vibes of one of the poolside bungalows at the boutique hotel Hotel Saint Cecilia.
Florida’s hidden gem, Amelia Island boasts 13 miles of beaches and is located 45 minutes from Jacksonville. If you want to do more than than lay on the beach all day, it hosts two annual festivals. The Amelia Island Wellness Festival takes place each fall (this year on November 9-11) and in March it hosts the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance, which showcases more than 200 rare vehicles sourced from collectors and car enthusiasts.
While you’re at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island for the car show, go ahead and stay there too. The resort offers spa treatments, is steps away from the beach and natural sand dunes, and you’ll love the high-class dining experience at the hotel’s main restaurants, Salt and Coast.
f you’ve been saving up for a spontaneous trip alone, splurge on a European holiday to Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. Take in the view of the Grigne Mountains while indulging in a stay at the five-star Grand Hotel Tremezzo that will make you feel like you’re Italian royalty, especially with the hotel’s authentic period decor. While you’re not devouring the local fritto misto di lago (a fried mix of lake fish), be sure to visit Villa Carlotta’s botanical gardens.
Winos, rejoice! Calistoga is settled in the heart of the Napa Valley and has plenty of wineries to choose from. Some of the best wineries to visit include HALL Wines, Tank Garage Winery, Regusci Winery, and T-Vine Winery, which are all a short walk or Uber ride away from the quaint downtown of Calistoga — where you should stay at the Cottage Grove Inn. Don’t forget to book a hot air balloon ride and a mud bath at Spa Calistoga.
Get some peace and quiet in Manhattan Beach and stay at the westdrift Manhattan Beach (it’s only four miles from LAX International Airport). The hotel has serious “endless summer-meets-Eastern Seaboard” vibes. Treat yourself to a tasty meal at the hotel’s restaurant, Jute, followed by a game on the nine-hole golf course — you can even play a game of Glo-Golf at night with LED balls!
Within a 10-minute drive from the hotel, you can walk and shop along the City of Manhattan Beach pier, take a morning surf lesson, or visit one of the local breweries in the nearby neighborhood of El Segundo.
Nothing screams a more peaceful solo trip for yourself than an escape to upstate New York to the city of Aurora. Choose to stay at one of the four Inns of Aurora — each has their own unique style. When you’re not enjoying the breathtaking views of Cayuga Lake, enjoy a meal in town at Fargo Bar & Grill, take a tour of the 300-acre MacKenzie Childs campus, or relax during a restorative yoga class.
And after you’ve experienced the Inns solo, grab your girlfriends and sign up for the group Adventure Aurora package, which is a four-day getaway that is completely customizable with activities like lawn games, lakeside yoga, a lunch cruise on Cayuga Lake, and more.
For the nature lover, Colorado Springs is the perfect place to take in a breath of fresh air and views of national natural landmarks like The Garden of The Gods, Pikes Peak, and Seven Falls.
Immerse yourself in the true Colorado culture by staying at The Broadmoor, which is a 700+ room resort that provides beautiful, European and American West-inspired accommodations as well as endless activities guided by staff, including horseback riding, mountain trail hikes, rock climbing instruction, and fly fishing excursions.
For the history buff, Newport gleams with Gilded Age charm thanks to the historical Newport Mansions you can tour. When you’re not exploring the halls of the Vanderbilt’s former summer home, enjoy ocean views and cocktails at The Lawn at the Castle Hill Inn or take a walk along the Cliff Walk — it’s a 3.5-mile trail along the coast!
While staying at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina on Goat Island, take advantage of the hammocks for the ultimate waterfront view and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner at Scarpetta.
What better way to engross yourself in American culture than with a trip to Rapid City, home of the big guys at Mount Rushmore? You’ll have plenty of time to self-reflect while driving the open roads of the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway without the pressure of a group tour, and South Dakotans are known to welcome solo travelers into their homes so you really feel like family.
Don’t forget to stop in Custer State Park before you leave — between the roaming buffalo, big horn sheep, and prairie dogs you’ll spot, it’s worth exploring the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road.
The cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages in Charleston will make you feel like you’re in another realm, and that sentiment is only furthered when you stay at The Spectator, an upscale boutique hotel that oozes a lively 1920s ambiance thanks to the speakeasy-esque bar, personal butlers, and flapper-loving decor.
It’s located just one block from the Charleston City Market, and a 10-minute drive from King Street, one of the country’s most historic shopping streets. Plan your trip so it lands on the second Sunday of the month and take part in Second Sundays on King, when the street closes to cars so shoppers can roam free.
As one of the most developed Hawaiian islands, Oahu is great for the solo traveler who wants easy access to various activities while still having plenty of opportunity for remote hiking and waterfall exploration.
Stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, ranked by Instagram as one of the 10 most ‘grammed hotels, and you’ll be right on the beach and next to the city for plenty of shopping opportunities. Make the most of your trip with a visit to Pearl Harbor, a hike up Diamond Head State Monument, and snorkeling in Hanauma Bay.
As soon as you step into the small city you’ll be engrossed in Native American culture, whether it be through food, music, or activities. Your first stop: the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, where you can join a guided group tour from a staff member who actually lives within one of the still-existing pueblos to see how the Native Americans’ traditions and culture have adapted to a modern lifestyle.
For those who want to connect with nature, go for an adventurous ride with New Mexico Jeep Tours, the only company with access to the rugged Ball Ranch territory near San Felipe Pueblo, where you’ll see wild Spanish horses roaming around the ancestral ruins. If you’re visiting in October, get tickets to the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Mark a visit to Machu Picchu off your bucket list when you sign up for a five- or seven-day Lares Adventure from Mountain Lodges of Peru. Because you’ll be with guides, you won’t have to worry about safety (a typical concern for solo travelers).
You’ll also have total control of your itinerary. Whether you want to hike through archeological Inca sites or opt in to community-driven activities (think cooking classes or visiting local markets). If you’re not all about roughing it, don’t worry — this trip puts you up in luxurious base camps with gourmet meals and panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains.
The Hamptons are a top destination for couples in the summer, but head there in the off-season and you’ve got the perfect location for a rejuvenating solo retreat. When you stay at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, you’ll have direct access to a private, 2,000-foot beach — perfect for a calming sunrise meditation class.
The ocean is a smidge too cold for swimming in the off-season, but that’s no big deal: A swim or stand-up paddle board yoga class in the resort’s indoor, ocean-fed seawater pool (the only one of its kind in the U.S.) is a solid alternative.
Couples flock to Cancun, but fly further south to the Riviera Maya, and you’ll get a more individualized experience. With Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Tankah all within driving distance, you’ll be able to explore archeological sites, discover the Mayan underworld swimming in the cenotes, and witness the Temple of Kukulcan, recently designated one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Booking a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, is what really makes this location ideal for a solo trip. Not only will you be treated like royalty with a personal on-call butler, but you’ll also get to party like a star without ever leaving the property — a major plus for anyone concerned about safety while traveling solo.
There’s always one accessory that stands above the rest for a woman who loves shopping and traveling: shoes. That’s why you must go to Lynchburg for a private weekend escape, and stay at Craddock Terry Hotel. The quaint, 44-room boutique hotel was originally an old shoe factory, and while the totally Insta-worthy views of the James River and Blue Ridge Mountains are to die for (not to mention they offer up plenty of opportunities for quiet reflection, whether it be through kayaking, hiking, or meditating in nature), it’s the charm of this property that’ll sell you.
If nobody can shop ’til they drop quite like you, then you need to head to Mexico for a no-holds-barred getaway that’ll show off your skills. After all, what better place is there to shop than El Palacio de Hierro, a 646,000-square-foot luxury department store? The place was recently reopened after a $300 million renovation and is home to all your favorite flagship boutiques (think Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, and more).
Between the stunning views, a wide variety of trails, and abundance of natural hot springs, you’ll have plenty of ways during a boot-camp vacation at Mountain Trek to clear your mind and re-center yourself before returning to the fam. And you won’t be the only one flying solo — 90% of guests come alone as a way to focus on their wellness habits and give their lifestyle a reboot, following a one- or two-week personalized program of massage therapy, detox treatments, and nutrition classes. Ahhh, zen.
When you go on a solo getaway, there’s something special about staying at a small boutique property that feels more like home. That’s exactly what you’ll get at Maya Beach Hotel — it has just 10 units, allowing the staff to really individualize their attention to make your private vacation the best possible. And hello, you’re in Belize: you’ll get the Instagram-worthy beach views you’re looking for, along with plenty of next-level water activities suited for solo travelers (snorkeling, diving, kayaking and fishing, for example).
Forget convincing a friend to join you for a sporty adventure — you’ll find plenty of like-minded people to bond with on an REI Adventures trip, as more than 50% of the people who sign up do so on their own. One excursion that stands out: The Alaska Cruise between Inside Passage and Glacier Bay.
REI Adventures makes sure each day is packed with breathtaking (in more ways than one) activities, like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on the icy waterways or hiking through forests, so you have enough time to relax those hard-fought-for muscles before jumping into the next exciting winter adventure.
There are a lot of Caribbean islands to choose from when you want a beach vacay, but if you’re escaping by yourself, the last thing you want is to be surrounded by cooing honeymooners. That’s why BVI is the perfect pick. The Caribbean Journal deemed it one of the best Caribbean destinations for solo travel, and you can visit the local hot spots (Soggy Dollar, for example) to meet ex-pats from various walks of life. Pro tip: If you’re there on a full moon, a bunch of bars host full moon parties so you can sail right up on a boat and dance under the stars.
One of the scariest parts of solo travel is wondering if you’ll be the only, well, solo one there. You won’t have to worry about that when you book a retreat at Red Mountain Resort — 35% of guests are solo travelers, and 70% of those are female (hey, you never know where you’ll find your new BFF). Spend the day exploring on one of the hiking expeditions through Snow Canyon State Park, practice yoga overlooking the canyons, and recharge in the award-winning Sagestone Spa.
When life gets overwhelming, sometimes it’s best to take it back to the key components of relaxation: restorative beauty, mindful exercise, and a clean diet. You’ll get all three with a retreat at BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive wellness property nestled on the gorgeous Cariblue Beach in Saint Lucia. The resort specifically caters to solo travelers, even running month-long specials that only allow those coming alone so you can really focus on, well, you.